Tell us your own story. What kind of changes have you seen in Russia over the past decade, either as a visitor or a citizen?

Do you think most Russians are better off now than they were before the collapse of the Soviet Union?

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Great site! Where you take content?
November 26, 2004

>Men like Bruce are heroes to those who support the new Russia and archvillains to those who see
> America as partly responsible for the collapse of the great Soviet nation.
Just wanted to comment on this. Personally being a Russian Born American I'd like to say that
America is wholly responsible for the collapse of the Soviet Union. Further it has no reason to
be ashamed of that but instead be proud that it was able to defeat Communism through peaceful means.

Brooklyn, NY USofA
May 24, 2002

Just heard the Russia Project report on CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corp.) radio - the section on Yuri Costin. Fascinating. That Russia should find once again its pride, its culture and its spirit - and not lose too much in the process is the wish I heard expressed. It will be a bumpy ride, to be sure - and quite a challenge in terms of government for such a vast country. I'm glad there are programs/reports like this allowing we in NA to follow the progress and hear of accomplishments such as that Mr. Costin has achieved. Great report.
trudi deacon
toronto, on canada
February 23, 2002

Reese, you and Walter Cronkite gave us a lot of memories of a wonderful land that was too long hidden the United States.
In 1986 and 1987 I visited Kiev, Leningrad and Moscow with a local Kentucky television cameraman and not much preparation or permission. It was a first unofficial look at our "enemy" of the Cold War. Our Project experienced the people and their desire to know US.
Since that trip I have kept a constant interest in things Russian or "ex-soviet". Your Project underlines well the need to know the past, the present and the future efforts to insure that that serious political seperation will not appear again.
My personal connections at the lowest levels of the former Soviet Union allow me to see the common approach to expectations for improvements. First I will have to make more trips to see for myself. Maybe another documentay or two. Maybe a visit with you. Thanks for the Project. =w=

Will Murphy
Indianapolis, IN USA
January 29, 2002

As a retired Voice Of America reporter and broadcaster, I applaud Walter Kronkite and Reese Erlich for this very compelling and timely series of radio documentaries.
I was writing on the VOA Soviet-then-Russia Desk on December 25, 1991, when the Russian flag was raised over the Kremlin -- an event many Soviet experts believed would not come so soon. It was a fascinating time for everyone interested in U.S. relations with that part of the world.
I've been retired since early 1993, but have followed Russian events with great interest, including the assault on the parliament by President Yeltsin, the Chechen wars, and the entry of President Putin onto the world stage. Your Russia Project comes at an important stage in international relations. Bravo, Public Radio!

Richard (mike) Chamberlain
Tigard, OR USA
January 07, 2002

I always enjoy the stories of life in new Russia for their personal perspectives, but the report doesn't give any indication of what is TYPICAL. Are the three personal stories accurately representing today's Russia? Have all 22-year-old entrepreneurs been betrayed and failed? Did all factory workers go unpaid in 1998? Today's Russia is showing signs of improved GNP. Are you reporting other positive indicators? The report leads the listener with the impression that Russia will evolve like the U.S., with robber barons like Rockefeller and J. P. Morgan becoming respected citizens. How 'bout a bit more factual information in future broadcasts, comparing 1990's economic with 2000?
David Murrell
Kansas City, MO USA
December 09, 2001

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